Last week, our Illinois car accident blog reported a devastatingly fatal car accident that occurred on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The accident transpired when a passenger vehicle traveling outbound on Interstate 94 near 47th Street struck the outside wall of the interstate’s local lanes for an unknown reason. Subsequently, the vehicle crossed traffic and climbed an embankment where it struck a traffic control box. It was reported that the driver of the motor vehicle fled the scene of the accident on foot, all the while, one of the driver’s passengers succumbed to fatal injury as the other remained in critical condition.
In a follow-up article to the tragic accident, ChicagoTribune.com reports that the driver of the motor vehicle who fled the scene of the accident has turned himself in to Illinois State Police. On Friday, the 25-year-old Chicago driver was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 bail on charges of reckless homicide in a motor vehicle accident and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injury – according to Cook County Jail records. Our Chicago car accident attorneys learned that the driver has been issued tickets for not having a valid driver’s license, driving on a suspended or revoked license at least five times since 2004.
The 25-year-old driver’s latest ticket – issued before the fatal accident on April 26, 2011 – was for driving on a suspended or revoked license. The driver is scheduled to appear in Cook County Traffic Court for that particular offense on May 14. Court records reveal that the driver owes more than $1,100 for traffic tickets accumulated in previous traffic cases. However, our Chicago car accident lawyers learned that the 25-year-old Chicago man is scheduled to appear in Cook County Violence Court on May 15 for his charge of reckless homicide.
Any Chicago accident lawyer will tell you that given the severe nature of this type of offense, the driver should be charged to the fullest extent of the law – both criminally and through civil litigation. Often times, criminal charges against a wrongdoer fails to provide relief – both financially and emotionally – to the family of the individual who succumbed to a premature fatality as a result of the driver’s negligence. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our experienced accident attorneys in Chicago to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.